Saturday, December 22, 2012

TV Tray Pressing Table

Since I don't have an extra room in our house for my crafting adventures, I get to do them wherever I find the space. Most of the time it is in the dining room or on a folding table set up in the corner of the living room. Since my space is already limited, I hate having to pull out our full sized ironing board for when I need to press something.

So I stole borrowed a TV tray from my sister, and followed this tutorial over at Oh, Fransson! to make my very own TV tray pressing table.

I have to say, I am in LOVE with how it turned out! Sorry for not taking any progress pictures, it was something I wanted to get done quickly and I didn't think about taking pictures till I was done :( This was a super quick and easy project to do and I am so happy that I did it. Now I can have it set up right next to where I am working, and I don't even have to stand up to press my fabric! Hooray for laziness :)

It works great, but I only put 2 layers of batting under the fabric and I am starting to wish I had put more. In the future I might take it apart and add some insulated batting.

p.s. please ignore the mess under the table :)

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Pumpkin Gingerbread Mini Muffins

With the holidays coming up, I am always thinking about different desserts to make. I love to cook but when it comes to Thanksgiving and Christmas, I am all about baking something sweet and delicious. For the past 10 years my family has put me in charge of being the one making all the pies and desserts for the holidays.

Now that I am a mom I love the idea of having something that is quick and easy to eat. As any mom of a toddler will tell you, actually getting to eat your food while it is hot pretty much never happens.

There are so many bite-sized desserts that are popular: cake pops, mini pies, whoopie pies, and the list goes on and on. So I automatically started thinking about something small, and then it dawned on me! Pumpkin mini muffins. They are bite-sized, you don't need a fork, and you don't need a plate (unless you want one of-course). But pumpkin is too predictable, so I decided why not do a combo of pumpkin and gingerbread. Delicious!

Pumpkin Gingerbread Mini Muffins
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
2 large eggs
1/2 cup molasses
1/4 milk 
2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon 
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice 
1/2 salt 
1/4 tsp ground cloves
Makes about 36 mini-muffins

1) Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a mini muffin tin with non-stick spray. I prefer one specifically meant for baking.

2) Cream the softened butter and sugar together in a large bowl. Once combined, stir in the pumpkin puree until mixed.

 3) Beat in the eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition

4) Add the molasses and milk to the pumpkin butter mixture. Beat until mixed. I know what you're thinking "that looks gross" well yes it does, but trust me they are going to taste delicious!

5) Combine the dry ingredients in a medium bowl

6) Add the dry mixture to the butter mixture and stir just until moistened. I like to take the bowl off of my mixer after I have mixed some of the dry ingredients in, so that I can make sure that it doesn't get over-mixed.

7) Fill greased muffin cups with about 1 Tbsp of the batter. 

I love my little 1Tbsp scooper. It makes portioning cookies and mini-muffins so easy!

8) Now this seems kinda strange, but place the muffin tin on a cookie sheet roughly the same size and then bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. After the 10 minutes remove the muffin tin and cookie sheet from the oven, then replace the muffin tin without the cookie sheet and cook for an additional 4 minutes. I know it sounds odd, but adding the cookie sheet at the beginning of the baking makes it to where the bottoms of the muffins do not cook too quickly. 

9) Remove from oven and allow to cool about 2 minutes in the pan before removing and cooling on a wire rack. 

10) Enjoy the delicious merging of two amazing flavors!

These are a delicious treat that will be perfect for Christmas, or even just a delicious treat for breakfast! I hope you enjoy making these for your loved ones during the holiday season.

William decided that I had taken enough pictures and he wanted to have a muffin :) My little man is such a good helper!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Cloth Diapers at Disney World

So as I mentioned in one of my previous posts, I decided to brave using cloth diapers at Disney World! I know it sounds like a daunting task, but it turned out to be surprisingly easy.

In the weeks leading up to the trip I had been contemplating using disposables, but I decided to stick with my original plan and I am glad I did. The two main brands of cloth diapers I use for William are Fuzzibunz and GroVia. Fuzzibunz are great for when I know there is going to be a long stretch of time between diaper changes, and Grovia are great for quick changes here and there. So the two were a great combination for Disney.

My Cloth Diaper Packing List:
  • 1 weeks worth of diapers ( I took almost our entire stash)
  • cloth diaper detergent ( I LOVE Rockin' Green)
  • 1 travel sized wetbag (for at the parks)
  • 1 large wetbag (to leave in the hotel room)
  • flush-able diaper liners
  • wipes, butt cream, etc. 
Since our stash is rather modest (I only have about 1.5 weeks worth of diapers) I took almost the entire stash. The only things I left behind were some of the pre-folds that I use to double up Williams diaper at night. I took my Rockin' Green layundry detergent, and I am glad I did because I ended up washing diapers twice while we were there (I was only expecting to do one load).

The first day we were in the parks I was really nervous that William's diapers were going to have leaks, or I would run out of diapers, and then my whole cloth diapering adventure was going to be a bust. Thankfully, that first day went amazingly and so did the rest of the trip!
My awesome travel wet bag. It is the best size for a days worth of diapers.
The flush-able diaper liners were my lifesaver because I didn't have to worry about not having my diaper sprayer. I use the GroVia BioLiners and I love the way they work for dealing with a poopy diaper. They are a great size, so I don't have to worry about them shifting and not covering the whole diaper. For anyone who doesn't know how they work, they are essentially like a dryer sheet but without the residue. They allow wetness to get through but they catch the poop so it can just be flushed down the toilet. They're also great for if you have to put diaper cream on your baby's bottom, and you don't want it to get on the diaper.

Instead of my normal diaper bag, my brother and I used a backpack for William and Jack's stuff when we were out and about. For my diapering supplies I took 3-5 diapers and flush-able liners, wipes, butt cream, and the wet bag. Even after putting all my stuff into the backpack there was still plenty of room for Jack's disposable diapers, and the rest of the things we needed for them.

When it came time to changing William's diaper, I just grabbed what I needed out of the backpack and headed to the bath room. Most of the time it was an easy in and out process, but there were a few occasions where I needed a bit of assistance from my mom. Vacation food didn't always sit well with William's tummy :(

I have to say that I don't think I could have done this if we didn't have the washing machine and dryer in our hotel room. My stash just isn't big enough for that to happen. I'm sure someone that has a super huge stash of cloth diapers could easily go on vacation and not need a washer and dryer.

I know that if I survived cloth diapering at Disney World, anyone can! It is way easier than it seemed, and also kinda fun :)

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Catching Up

The past couple of weeks have been crazy busy! We got back from Disney World on the 25th of November, I had my very first craft fair the 29th and 30th of November, and I have had a pretty steady stream of Etsy orders since the show.

I feel terrible that I have neglected the blog so much :( please forgive me!

I plan on having several posts in the coming days about all the adventures that have been happening recently. As a parting gift, here are a few pictures from our Disney Vacation :)